Advent and Christmas Resources

Prayers, reflections and suggested actions to enhance your Advent journey and Christmas celebration in the light of Laudato Si’.

Advent with Pope Francis and Laudato Si'​

A 2022 Advent retreat guided by the words of Pope Francis and his encyclical Laudato Si’ to prepare for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ – the light of the world and all Creation. Learn more and access the reflections on Hozana. 

Cosmic Advent Wreath by Mercy International Association:
Libraries of other Advent resources
Insights and reflections for Advent and Christmas

Spend Advent with Laudato Si’ and a question: What is God asking of me?
Advent meditations made available by EarthBeat, a project of National Catholic Reporter.  Originally written in 2015 with the release of Laudato Si’, the weekly reflections still resonate.

Simple Advent, Abundant Life 
A series of Advent reflections exploring connections between simple living and abundant life on the earth. Originally published in 2020 by EarthBeat, a project of National Catholic Reporter, the daily reflections still resonate.

Four steps to live a more sustainable Christmas from Laudato Si’ Movement

“Creation as the Body of God” by Richard Rohr
Many versions of this article focused on incarnation are available online. Click below for one from Earth Ministry/WAIPL in their Winter 2014 Earth Letter journal (pages 8-9). While you’re there check out the rest of the articles connecting care for creation to the Advent and Christmas seasons.

“Two thousand years ago was the human incarnation of God in Jesus, but before that there was the first and original incarnation through light, water, land, sun, moon, stars, plants, trees, fruit, birds, serpents, cattle, fish, and “every kind of wild beast” according to our own creation story (Genesis 1:3-25).”

Wonder – Wonder – Wander
Reflections and recommendations for how wonder (noun), wondering (verb) and wandering (verb) can enrich one’s spiritual and mental health practices. Although the post is not specifically about Advent, it offers a framework for experiencing any season through a lens of appreciation for creation.


An Epiphany prayer service created by Bro. Mark Schroeder, OFM. This can be used with a group or individually for  morning or evening prayer or at any time. 

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